July 19, 2017 / 4:05 PM / 2 years ago

Bermuda to swear in new premier after PLP's election win

(Reuters) - The leader of Bermuda’s center-left Progressive Labour Party was to be sworn in as premier of the wealthy, North Atlantic British territory on Wednesday after the conservative One Bermuda Alliance party’s loss in a general election.

“First order of business today, changing my son’s diaper. Will be going to Government House at 3 pm to get sworn in as premier of Bermuda,” David Burt wrote on Twitter.

The PLP won 24 seats in the 36-seat parliament in Tuesday’s vote, according to official results, securing a majority and defeating the center-right OBA, which won the remainder.

The PLP received 20,059 votes, or nearly 59 percent, while the OBA secured 13,832, official figures showed.

Bermuda, a tiny Atlantic island chain east of the U.S. state of North Carolina, has one of the world’s highest per capita incomes, stemming from a booming insurance and reinsurance industry and tourism.

The British Overseas Territory has the oldest legislature in the Commonwealth outside the British Isles. Its parliament first met in 1620.

Bermuda’s premier chooses the cabinet and allocates portfolios, while Britain retains responsibility for external affairs, defense, internal security and the police.

Reporting by Gabriel Stargardter; Editing by Tom Brown

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